Paul L. Caron

Sunday, January 3, 2021

NY Times: Brooklyn Law Prof And Retired Doctor Find Love In Their 70's Through Yale Alumni Magazine Personal Ad

New York Times, A Soft Spot for Yalies:

Yale Alumni Magazine 2Elizabeth M. Schneider always had a soft spot for Yalies — her father and son went there — and she could belt out Bulldog football team fight songs and the “Bright College Years” unofficial alma mater with the best of them.

So, she decided to place a personal ad in the Yale Alumni Magazine, inspired by her ties to the school and her upcoming 50th reunion from Bryn Mawr, from which she graduated cum laude. (She would have applied to Yale if women were accepted in 1964).

“College alumni magazines are very, very enthusiastic about personal ads,” said Professor Schneider, 72.

Benjamin Liptzin, 75, who graduated magna cum laude from Yale, noticed the ad in the November 2017 alumni issue, but he didn’t respond until six months later. He had been caring for his wife Sharon of 50 years, who had Alzheimer’s.

“I was thinking what would happen as my wife got worse,” said Dr. Liptzin, a retired geriatric psychiatrist who was the chair of psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and professor of psychiatry, now emeritus, at Tufts University School of Medicine. He received a medical degree from the University of Rochester. “I anticipated I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life alone.” ...

They were married Dec. 20 via Zoom by Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch under a huppah at Dr. Liptzin’s house in Stockbridge, Mass., while about 300 friends and family from around the world livestreamed the two-hour celebration, which was hosted by her son in Singapore and his son in Denver.

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